Suspect arrested over attack on HDP head office

One suspect was arrested and charged with attacking HDP building in Turkish capital Ankara

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish security officials seen taking the suspect to the penal court.

A suspect was arrested on Wednesday, over the charges of attacking and starting a fire at the headquarters of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in capital Ankara.

The penal court ruled that the suspect was guilty of ‘inflicting damage to property’, ‘prevention of the exercise of political rights’ and ‘theft attempt’ as he left the office with two notebook computers.

However, the suspect denied the accusations, saying that he took the computers not with the intention of theft but because of the possibility that they might contain information related to the outlawed PKK. 

The HDP offices came under attack during the anti-PKK protests across the country, after 16 Turkish soldiers stationed with the Daglica battalion in the Yuksekova district in Turkey’s eastern province Hakkari were killed on Sunday, in the deadliest PKK terror attack since July 11. 

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also condemned the perpetrators and the attacks on the premises of political parties, after hundreds of bureaus of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were stormed across Turkey, following the recent and deadly PKK terror attacks.

“I certainly disapprove the attacks on political party buildings and I condemn the perpetrators. No matter which political party or non-governmental organization it is, attacking their members is wrong. No doubt a judicial process will be implemented after these attacks,” Erdogan said at a press conference on Wednesday.



TRTWorld and agencies